Thursday, June 17, 2010

Busy Weekend

Looking for the chance to see some of Dr. Gaither's work and possibly the artist herself this weekend? You will have two opportunities to do just that!

Tomorrow, Friday, June 18 marks the opening of the My American Series (MAS) exhibition at School 33 Art Center. The opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at School 33. The reception is open to the public, so come one, come all! This will be the first time all six of the MAS quilts will be on display in the same place. I have had the opportunity to see the exhibition twice already and I can assure you it is amazing. You don't really realize just how large the quilts actually are until you are standing right next to one of them. When you are standing in the middle of three of them it is really impressive. Some of highlights of this exhibition (besides the quilts) include the sketches and plans for each of the quilts. The precious TTT sketch on a napkin (see posting Table Linens Beware!) is there, framed coffee spots and all. Grids explaining the layout and symbolism behind each of the quilts will be on hand to provide details and reveal some of the "secrets" of the quilts for first time and seasoned viewers alike. There is also a beautiful booklet with an essay by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond and images of the construction of each of the quilts. My favorite photo is of the J2WH border laying on Dr. Gaither's driveway showing how it came together. Signed giclee prints of Dr. Gaither's work will be available for sale at the event tomorrow night as well as cards and Trails Tracks Tarmac quilt books. If you are in the market to purchase one of the My American Series quilts, you can do that as well! For those unable to attend tomorrow night's celebration, the My American Series exhibition will be on view at School 33 until Saturday, 14 August, 2010.

Dr. Gaither will be a part of the African American Heritage Festival in downtown Baltimore beginning tomorrow and running through Sunday. Her work will be a part of a special display highlighting African American artists. At the time of this posting, I am not sure which works will be included in the exhibition. I know she was finishing one of her social justice pieces this week which I know was being considered for inclusion and I have heard her mention several other options, all coming from her social justice quilts. Many of the quilts on the list have not been seen here in Maryland before.

If you get a chance to visit one of these two events, please drop us a line and let us know what you thought of the events. If you are unable to attend, I will post images and stories from the weekend on the blog next week.

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